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February 2018

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Editor's Note

Have a Heart for Shelter Cats

Following the winter holidays and the New Year, there’s that inevitable lull during the several months we wait for Spring to unfurl its green splendor. That’s a time I like to reflect on the many blessings I have in my life, including the affectionate, funny and loving cats that I live with.   More...

Feature

Do Supplements for Arthritis Work?

Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine — including an improved understanding of feline nutrition — cats are living longer these days. Due to their extended life spans, however, many cats are also more likely to develop arthritis. This painful and potentially crippling joint disease is a predominantly age-related condition.   More...

An Important Test for Kidney DiseaseSubscribers Only

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a very common cause of illness in cats, especially older cats. Previous studies estimated that one in three cats are likely to develop kidney disease during their lifetime.   More...

Managing Cat-Dog IntroductionsSubscribers Only

A sideways hop here, a play bow there.” That’s how the head of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts’ Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, describes the way in which her cat and dog initiate play with each other, but it doesn’t always work out so delightfully.   More...

What is Cerebellar Hypoplasia?Subscribers Only

Fortunately, the vast majority of newborn kittens come into the world with all of their body parts intact and all of their vital systems functioning properly. Sadly, however, there are notable exceptions — kittens afflicted with a congenital disorder like cerebellar hypoplasia (CH for short), a relatively rare neurologic condition that is alarmingly evident when it does occur.   More...

When Constipation Becomes ChronicSubscribers Only

Constipation is one of the more common health problems that can affect your cat’s digestive system. This frustrating condition not only causes the cat varying degrees of discomfort, but it can also adversely affect his appetite and can even cause vomiting (more on that later).   More...

An FIP Breakthrough?

Thanks to a clinical trial partly funded by the Morris Animal Foundation, there is an important veterinary breakthrough: Cats with FIP went into remission following treatment with a specific antiviral drug.   More...

Ask the Doctor

Dear Doctor: Cats with an Obsession

I have had my two cats since they were just a few days old. They were bottle-fed until they could eat regular food. They are now close to two years old. One is obsessed with rubber bands, w`hile the other chews any shoe that has a soft sole. Both chew cardboard boxes.   More...

Dear Doctor: A Complex Set of Symptoms

My husband and I have a very sweet kitty named Daisy. We have had her since she was roughly a year old (she is now about 16 years old). Unfortunately, she has developed diabetes, and she now also has a terrible skin allergy that we cannot get under control.   More...